If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sometimes It Actually Pays To Go Into the Office

I went in today for my Annual Review meeting with my Department Head. Before the meeting I overheard him speaking with the Department Secretary about the difficulty they were having spending money. One of the many nice things about my office location is that it is both out of the fray but also where the action is. I get to overhear some interesting tidbits now and again.

I, jokingly, offered to help them with this problem and now I'll be getting a new 23-inch monitor and a snazzy printer (I currently use the shared one out in the main office).

My review went very well. He didn't have much to say except "keep doing what you're doing" and then we discussed department politics. My DH is stepping down at the end of the month and he will be sorely missed in this role.

The day continued on a high note when I met a potential collaborator from a different department for coffee. I had contacted her because I thought our research interests might overlap in way that would be beneficial to both of us. Not only do they overlap quite nicely but I also really liked her and we ended up talking for several hours without even noticing the time.

I'm feeling very psyched about both my current and future research endeavors and totally enjoying the summer.


Amanda said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful day. I always love me a pretty new monitor.

Deb said...

Wow! Sounds like you had one of those days where all the planets lined up and the stars smiled at you. Good for you!! :)
(Don't go gettin all smart and tell me if all the planets lined up something horrible would happen like the destrucion of earth or something-hey! where did your "college level" thingie go? It's hard to pick on you if it's not there-people wont understand what I'm joking about. Crap, no one ever understands my sense of humor anyway so, eh!)
Hope you have many more planetary alignment days!

Lee said...

How lovely to have things work out! (For the record, I'm always happy to help by spending other people's money.)

Have a terrific weekend!

Betty M said...

I think you need to put in a few more requests!

Thank you for visiting my blog. It is much appreciated and I am glad to have been an entry on your spreadsheet!

MsPrufrock said...

Good news heading into the weekend, I'm pleased to hear it! Great that you met this woman for coffee and hit it off so well. Planets aligning indeed!

Nit said...

Congrats on the great review!!! What a nice way to start the weekend :)

Oh & if your boss still has money he needs to spend, I can use a new laptop :)

C said...

No better fun than spending someone else's money! That's why DH and I get along so well. :) How great that things are looking well as you start the summer. Hope it's a great one!

Via NaComLeavMo

Kim said...

Glad your review went well! NCLM